Monday, June 28, 2010

Truthout 6/28

Wall Street Congratulates Washington: A Job Well Done
Dean Baker, Truthout: "New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is well known for pretentious columns that consist of letters that he suggests some prominent person write. I licensed Friedman's literary tool in order to present the following letter from the Wall Street CEOs to the political leadership in Washington."
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The Pentagon's Threat to the Republic
Melvin A. Goodman, Truthout: "The New York Times' David Brooks minimized General Stanley McChrystal's remarks in Rolling Stone magazine as 'kvetching.' For the Times' Maureen Dowd, McChrystal and his 'smart-aleck aides' were merely engaging in 'towel-snapping' jocularity. The Washington Post editorial board noted that Afghan President Hamid Karzai called McChrystal the 'best commander of the war,' and concluded that the general should be retained as the Afghan commander."
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Robert Byrd, Longest-Serving Member of Congress, Died on Monday
David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers: "Sen. Robert Byrd was very much a man of his turbulent era and a man of West Virginia, able to dramatically influence and shape policy for more than half a century while bestowing billions on his beloved state."
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Supreme Court Ruling Puts Local, State Gun Bans at Risk
Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers: "The Supreme Court on Monday struck down Chicago's strict firearm ban in a landmark decision that casts numerous state and local gun laws into question."
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Closing BP's Escape Routes
Robert Weissman, Truthout: "BP generates enough cash to absorb its liabilities from the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. But that doesn't mean it will. One of the benefits of the corporate form is that it gives giant corporations the ability to escape liability. BP may or may not choose to capitalize on such escapes, but it would be foolish to presume that it won't."
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Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan: What Questions Can She Expect?
Gail Russell Chaddock, The Christian Science Monitor: "For gravitas and spectacle, few set pieces on Capitol Hill match a Senate confirmation hearing for a lifetime appointment to the US Supreme Court. But for Solicitor General Elena Kagan, who faces 19 senators and a wall of cameras on Monday, there's an even more dramatic element: timing."
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One Year Later: Honduras Resistance Strong Despite US-Supported Coup
Bill Quigley and Laura Raymond, Truthout: "One year ago, on June 28, 2009, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was awakened by gunfire. A coup was carried out by U.S.-trained military officers, including graduates of the infamous U.S. Army School of the Americas (WHINSEC) in Georgia. President Zelaya was illegally taken to Costa Rica."
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Real News Journalist Attacked at G20
Jesse Freeston, The Real News Network: " On Saturday, June 26 at the G20 summit in Toronto, Canada, video journalist Jesse Freeston of The Real News Network was assaulted by police while filming peaceful protests outside the meeting. Freeston donned press credentials and was documenting police aggression on protesters when he was then grabbed by police and punched in the face."
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News in Brief: Husband of Justice Ruth Ginsburg Has Died, and More ...
Martin D. Ginsburg, husband of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has died; Sen. Robert C. Byrd has died Monday at 92; confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan begin; Turkey escalates its response to Israel's Gaza flotilla reaction; latest cost estimate for handling the Deepwater Horizon spill is $2.65 billion; G20 members focus on cost-cutting over stimulus spending.
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Glenn Beck to Hold Tea Party Rally on Anniversary of MLK Speech
Devona Walker, AlterNet: "Only a few weeks after whitewashing the entire slave trade by falsely claiming our Founding Fathers were both black and white, Glenn Beck is on another mission: the Fox news host is planning a massive 'take our country back' Tea Party rally at the Lincoln Memorial - on the anniversary of the day Martin Luther King delivered his 'I Have a Dream' speech."
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Tom Engelhardt | Obama Up to His Waist in the Big Muddy: On Appointing Celebrity Generals
Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: "Much of the time, our wars may hardly exist for us, but in the age of celebrity, our generals do - exactly because they become celebrities. When Barack Obama picked Stanley McChrystal as his Afghan war commander, the general was greeted by the media as little short of a savior."
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Set Tougher Mileage Standards for Vehicles
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang, The Detroit Free Press: "What is the best way to prevent future disasters in the Gulf of Mexico? Break our addiction to oil. One year ago, President Barack Obama took the biggest single step in this direction. He boosted the nation's fuel economy standard and established the first U.S. standards for greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks."
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Burma Election: Are Activists the New Third Force in Politics?
The Christian Science Monitor: "Inside a humid room, rows of neatly dressed Burmese students are quizzing their guest lecturer. The class is Social Entrepreneurship and the topic is the European Union, where the lecturer comes from."
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History Made in Australia With Election of First Female Prime Minister
Afzal Bhutt, Truthout: "Julia Gillard created history today by becoming Australia's first female Prime Minster. Gillard was elected unopposed at an extraordinary caucus meeting after Kevin Rudd decided to stand down."
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A New Deal for Local Economies
Stacy Mitchell, YES! Magazine: "Let me begin by sharing some good news. Scattered here and there, in my country and in yours, the seeds of a new, more local, and more durable economy are taking root."
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